Strong young horse moving up levels

Hi, I have got a big young horse who is incredibly strong at times. He is currently in a myler combination bit with a 36 mouth piece(low wise barrel) it’s the first bit I’m able to hold him in but he’s progressing now and for 75% of the tome when I’m jumping it’s too strong and doesn’t give a quick enough hold and release effect and he’s tending to drop behind me. Just wondered what bit you might recommend was looking at perhaps the happy tongue Pelham?

Posted in Showjumping & Hunter, asked by Zoe, one month ago. 67 hits.


Hi Zoe,

The Pelham Happy Tongue won't give a fast release either. I would rather move to a 2½ Ring Ported Barrel. The 2½ Ring has a back strap attached to the top ring, this strap allows you to adjust how quickly the leverage comes in, the 2½ Ring always releases quickly. I think this will suit him better and stop him from dropping behind the contact.

I would select a Ported Barrel mouth piece as this will still keep the pressure off his tongue, while allowing you independent lateral aids.


Claire @ Bombers
one month ago
Hi, thanks for that feedback that makes sense, would you recommend the eggbutt or the Williams 21/2 ring ported? Thanks - Zoe one month ago
Hi Zoe, I think just the standard 2½ Ring will be enough for your horse. Both the Eggbutt 2½ Ring and the Williams bring the pressure in a lot faster, with no ability to adjust how fast the pressure comes in. The 2½ Ring will allow you to adjust how quickly the pressure comes in. Regards, Claire@Bombers - Claire @ Bombers one month ago
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